Russia`s new microwave cannon can knock out electronics

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Manju Shukla
Date  16/06/2015

Russia has announced the development of a “microwave cannon” capable of disabling drones and the warheads on precision weapons.

Russia’s government-owned United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), part of Rostec Corporation, announced that the super-high-frequency (SHF) gun will be unveiled during a private demonstration at the Russian Defense Ministry’s Army-2015 expo, which is scheduled to run from Tuesday to Friday.

The weapon creates a 360-degree air exclusion zone of about 10 kilometers around itself and will knock out the precision electronics of any aircraft, drones, and guided missiles in its radius. 

“This mobile microwave irradiation complex performs off-frequency rejection of electronics aboard low-altitude aerial targets and warheads of high precision weapons,” the TASS news agency quoted a Rostec Corporation representative as saying on Monday.

The cannon’s design permits it to be mounted on the chassis of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, the source noted.

“In terms of performance capabilities, the complex has no competitors in the world… When installed on a special platform, an SHF ‘cannon’ provides all-around defense,” he added.  

The cannon’s specifications are yet to be disclosed, but according to the source it is also “planned to be used to test the national radio-electronic systems of military equipment for resistance to high-power microwave radiation."

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